Virtually every business worldwide has intellectual property that may be of vital importance to its continued success.
Our role is to enable you to make the most of your intellectual property assets through protection, enforcement, commercialisation and audits. We will work with you to establish your needs and objectives for IP protection, and will identify the most suitable form, geographical extent, and availability of protection and manage the relevant process.
It is obviously important to ensure that your intellectual property is protected and that the protection remains current, providing what you require as your business grows and diversifies. Our IP lawyers advise on the appropriate forms of protection available and assist you to obtain relevant protections whether through registered rights such as trade marks to protect your brand, designs, or patents protecting inventions, or unregistered rights such as copyright or the protection of trade secrets and confidential information. We can conduct audits of all aspects of your IP whether for new projects, acquisitions, investments, or strategic housekeeping. We have significant experience of managing IP portfolios nationally and internationally for a wide range of clients, and have looked after some clients’ brands for decades.
An issue you may face is the unauthorised registration and/or use of your IP. We provide advice and will represent you in addressing this, with a focus on dispute resolution where possible or swift action, whether in the Courts or IP tribunals, where it is not. If you receive or are threatened with a claim, our IP litigation experts will advise you on the merits and assist in resolving the issue, whether negotiated settlement or robust defence.
Your IP is a very valuable asset and its value may be maximised through licensing, acquisitions or disposals. Our team advises on a broad range of commercial needs from research, development and joint ventures to franchising and merchandising and of course supporting you with the IP aspects of acquisitions or disposals. Whether you require the preparation of commercial contracts or just a “sanity check”, we are there to meet your needs. We also help you clear advertising (print or broadcast) and promotions, comply with regulations, and challenge third parties’ advertising where necessary.
Working with colleagues across all relevant legal disciplines, our integrated approach for clients from the largest multi-nationals to start-ups ensures seamless advice across all your commercial requirements from inception to market. We understand the importance of your IP whatever your size. We are one of the few leading City law firms with the ability to provide a holistic approach, and a complete ‘one stop shop’, to meet your needs across the full range of intellectual property.
Brexit presented a big challenge to owners of IP and now the transition period has ended there are ongoing issues to consider as a result of the changes. For us, with offices in the UK and the EU, it is business as usual for IP matters, but we have produced guidance on the implications of Brexit on all types of intellectual property and our recommended action points here.
Meet the team
Charlotte Duly writes for Intellectual Property Magazine on the implications of the Court of Appeal’s decision in SkyKick on both bad faith and specification drafting
Trademark law was dominated by SkyKick in 2020 and it was in the spotlight again in 2021 following a Court of Appeal judgment in July.
Nick White writes for Intellectual Property Magazine on the ever-expanding role of licensed content within the video gaming industry
Consumers’ unwitting assumptions: A [wh]iskey business in brand competition
Olivia and Anna look at the Liverpool Gin Distillery Ltd v Sazerac Brands LLC case and the question of 'indirect confusion'
Mark Hill and Lara Haidar write for The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guide on Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates
An overview of the latest intellectual property laws and regulations applicable in United Arab Emirates.
Charlotte Duly quoted by Intellectual Property Magazine on the implications of the Court of Appeal's decision in Sky Ltd & Ors v SkyKick, UK Ltd & Anor
The Court of Appeal offered clarification on bad faith trade marks, after issuing a decision in Sky Ltd & Ors v SkyKick, UK Ltd & Anor.
Blue Sky Linking
Daniel looks at Sky's recent success in obtaining interim protection from infringement of their broadcast rights
Mary Bagnall writes for Intellectual Property Magazine on the government’s consultation document on the future regime for exhaustion of UK IP rights
The UK government has published its consultation document on the future regime for exhaustion of UK IP rights.
Bullfighting ... as a copyright work?
Joint and several liability for IP infringement - Directors beware
Olivia takes an in-depth look at the recent Lifestyle Equities v Ahmed case in the Court of Appeal
Brexit: Trade Marks and Designs
Charlotte outlines all you need to know before the next post-Brexit deadline on trade marks and designs
Anna Sowerby writes for The Fashion Law on the new collaborative approach being taken by luxury brands and online platforms to fight fakes
Online platforms are now under pressure to be more proactive in their approach to tackling the ever-escalating issue of counterfeit goods.
Antiques Trade Gazette and eprivateclient cover this firm's hire of art and luxury asset specialist Chris Haywood in Dubai
Chris joins the firm as a Senior Associate in the Dubai office.
Pfizer, Ted Danson and the Olympic Vaccine Solution
#cake – a trial by social media
Brexit and intellectual property: Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and
Charlotte looks at where else trade mark and design protection may be required following Brexit.
Diversification of landed estates – a trade mark lawyer’s advice...
Mary looks at the diversification of landed estates and offers her expert advice from a trade mark perspective
Charlotte Duly writes for the Trademark Lawyer Magazine on the legal issues that tribute bands face when selecting a name
Picking a name for a tribute act that makes it clear what they offer whilst avoiding issues with the actual band can be a challenge.
Brexit and Intellectual Property: one month on
Charlotte looks at the impact of Brexit on intellectual property one month on
The Tricky Issue of Joint Authorship in Copyright Works
Where more than one person creates a work, it can be deemed ‘joint authorship’ and each has the same rights as a sole author would.